Vivid Art Gallery First Friday Art Opening
Holiday Happenings at Vivid Art Gallery!
(Winnetka, IL) Vivid Art Gallery will host an art opening for New Trier High School’s AP Art Students on December 7th at the gallery’s monthly First Friday event. The opening, which runs from 5-8 PM, is open to all and is free of charge. The students will be present at the opening, and refreshments and live music will round out the evening.
A call for submission was distributed to all New Trier AP Art Students, under the direction of teacher Mark Bowers. The theme of the exhibit is “Bouquet,” and the students were asked to create artwork that reflects their interpretation of that word. Bowers instructed his students that “Bouquets often symbolize a variety, a bunch, a compliment, a commendation, a tribute, an accolade; praise or emotions, an artist’s truth, perhaps a collection of dreams or ideas. It may define intuitively an intended focal point that carries the viewer more deeply into the artist’s message.” With that as a background, the young artists were asked to create a piece in the medium of their choosing.
This year’s exhibit will be the second time that Vivid Art Gallery has hosted the work of the New Trier AP Art Students. Cynthia Burr, owner of the gallery, sees it as a way to support the community and emerging artists in the area. “We love having a relationship with New Trier and giving the students the opportunity to have the experience of answering a call for submission and having their work shown in a gallery.” Bowers agrees. “It’s great for these kids to have a real-world experience like this. For those who will go on in the art world, this is a first taste of what it’s like.” Both Burr and Bowers hope to see this program continue in the future. “It’s exciting for the students and a lot of fun for us,” says Burr. “And the community loves it. We had so many people come in last year to see the kids’ work – and it wasn’t just parents and grandparents!”
The exhibit will be up from December 4-21. All of the students’ work will be available for sale at the price of $100. Proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to Teen Living Programs, a non-profit organization serving homeless youth in the city of Chicago. The charity was chosen by the students themselves. Last year, sales of the students’ work raised $ 1,340 for earthquake victims in Puerto Rico.
In addition to the New Trier AP Art Student Exhibit, the gallery will be hosting a Holiday Artisan Market during the month of December featuring jewelry, ceramics, and small paintings by gallery artists. These pieces will be priced for gift giving for everyone on your list, from hostesses to significant others. A Trunk Show for jeweler Edith Robertson will be held on Saturday, December 8, featuring an expanded selection of her one-of-a-kind pieces featuring 22k gold, sterling silver, and semi-precious stones.
Vivid Art Gallery is located in the Hubbard Woods area of Winnetka, at the corner of Green Bay and Tower Roads. Representing more than 25 artists, the gallery exhibits pieces by each on its walls every day, and there is always something new to see! The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 5. For more information, visit the gallery at 895 Green Bay Road, call 224 505-5961, or go to www.vividartgallery.net.